Dr. Steve Elias, Dean

Greetings from the beautiful campus of Fort Lewis College! We would love to share with you some of the amazing activities happening in the School of Business Administration (SOBA). We hope you will agree that our activities are engaging, innovative, and having a positive societal impact.

Our students continue to make us proud. Whether it is participating in Hawk Tank, our brand-new Makers’ Market, the Fennell-Saegert Student Marketing Agency program, or any number of other high impact activities, our students are doing amazing things. Our faculty members are top-notch and making wonderful contributions with their teaching, research, and service. The Center for Innovation has made great strides serving our growing community, and we’re excited for the impact it will continue to make. We are also thrilled to welcome Lexi Allmon (SOBA class of 2018) to the Dean’s Suite.

Throughout this newsletter, you can learn more about some of the great activities taking place in SOBA. We hope you find our contributions to be meaningful and we would love to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to reach out (selias@fortlewis.edu)!
-Dr. Steve Elias, Dean

Business as an Indigenous Person

Join us at the Center on April 1st for a panel discussion on Business as an Indigenous Person. This event is open to all students and the public, space is limited so RSVP to reserve your spot today! 
This event is hosted by American Indigenous Business Leaders (AIBL), a Registered Student Organization on campus. The panelists will be giving tips on how to start as an indigenous person, learn critical factors for business success, and networking.
Event Info:
April 1st, 2022 from 1:45pm to 3:45pm
At the Center for Innovation
835 Main Ave, Suite 225, 2nd Floor at the Main Mall
Hawk Tank, Business Plan Competition, Fort Lewis College, San Juan College
Hawk Tank is back again! Join us for a day packed with excitement! 
Event Schedule: Saturday, April 30th, 2022
8:30am to 12:30pm - Second Round, Business Plan Pitch / Where: Roshong Recital Hall
1:00pm to 3:00pm - Final Round, Business Plan Pitch / Where: EBH 130 
5:30pm to 8:00pm -  Awards Dinner & SOBA Banquet / Where: FLC Grand Ballroom
More Info- Contact Dr. Valdez, mevaldez@fortlewis.edu

Success for Native America 2022

First Southwest Bank (FSWB) and First Southwest Community Fund (FSWCF) are excited once again to partner with Fort Lewis College for the second “Success for Native America” panel discussion.
It will be held on April 4, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fort Lewis College (FLC) in the Vallecito Room. (Participants are also invited to join the online live stream.)
Check out FSWB's website for more info.
Positive societal impact
Dr. Nate Peach

Dr. Nate Peach Representing SOBA in the Durango Herald

 "Over the last month, Colorado’s average regular unleaded gas price has increased almost 20% to $3.966, according to AAA gas data. Diesel has risen 30%." -The Durango Herald
Dr. Peach was interviewed by the Durango Herald on rising gas prices.
Click the link below to check out the article!
Student updates
Skyhawk Makers' Market 2022 Students vendors in the Student Union hallway

Makers' Market 

The 1st Annual Skyhawk Maker's Market came to the Student Union with sixteen student vendors that sold their arts and crafts. From handmade jewerly to crotchet to self welded axe work, it was a fantastic turn-out! FLC plans to hold the Maker's Market every two months, so if you're interested there will be more opportunities to showcase your work!
Four Students, white dog, and Dr. Cristian Sepulveda eating ice cream
Student presenting in front of white screen

Fennell-Saegert Student Marketing Agency Program


Looking for a summer internship that will make you stand out after graduation? Want to learn and get paid?

The Fennell-Saegert Student Marketing Agency Program is an excellent option for students looking to broaden their work experience during college and… we are searching for 3 driven students to join as consultants for the program for 2022!

The program starts May 23rd-July 8th, and consultants will be expected to work up to 40 hours a week. This year, the agency will be working hand in hand with Ska Brewing Company to develop two new products to add to their line of beverages, one non-alcoholic beverage and one alcoholic beverage. The recommendations made to Ska will be taken seriously, and you might end up seeing your recommended beverage in stores! 

Gain hands-on experience by applying your knowledge from your studies and work with a diverse group of students with the Fennell-Saegert Student Marketing Agency. You will receive a competitive salary while also getting mentorship from FLC faculty and business leaders in Durango. 

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity, if you have any questions or would like to apply, please email: marketingagency@fortlewis.edu 

Hear from past students in the program!

“This agency was a great learning experience and helped me actually apply what I have been learning in school to real-life business situations. The mentorship throughout the program was amazing and helped me make great connections with the Durango community. I made great friends that will last a lifetime and even got a job offer in the end! I’d highly recommend this program for the learning opportunities, work experience, and local Durango connections.” - Ashley 
Hey SOBA Students! Come join Dean Steve Elias for free pizza and refreshments in the atrium in EBH! When? Thursday, April 21st from 12:30pm to 2:00pm. We hope that the semester is going well and we can't wait to see you! 
See you there! 
Faculty Updates
Dr. Andrew Miller

Dr. Andrew S. Miller, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems, recently had his work published along with his co-authors Robin Tang, Dr. Merrill Warkentin of Mississippi State University and Dr. Phil Zhou of Tongji University in the "Journal of Computer Information Systems."

Dr. Miller and his co-authors study rumor combatting behavior in this paper. The authors find that rumor combating behavior is influenced directly by the personal norm, altruism, social ties, and knowledge, and indirectly by perceived severity and perceived vulnerability through personal norms. The full paper can be read from the link below:

2022 Faculty Showcase of Achievements

Thank you to Dr. Kaori Takano and Dr. Cristian Sepulveda who will be representing SOBA at the 2022 Faculty Showcase of Achievements. This event is hosted by the FLC Foundation and highlights the outcomes of recent projects that were awarded using faculty development grant funds.
The Showcase will be held in the Center for Innovation on March 30th at 5:30pm
Fort Lewis College, Center for Innovation
Working Brilliantly Together: Coworking, private office, and event space in downtown Durango.
Dean Steve Elias, Kiki Hooten, and two visitors from the Colorado Economic Development and International Trade
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) at C4I 
It was great having representatives from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade visit the Center for Innovation. Thank you Rama Haris and Sophia Gonzalez-Mayagoitia for taking a tour of the Center to learn about all of the amazing things going on, and giving us an opportunity to update you on the progress of our OEDIT Advanced Industries grant work.

New Tech at C4I

This month, the Lanchpad received a HUGE refresh thanks to our U.S. Economic Development Administration Build to Scale grant. This space is now equipped with some of the most advanced tech, and we are excited to host YOUR events. We can host anything from your work conference to team workshops to social hours. 
Dr. Valdez running a workshop using the new technology installed. Students sitting at rows of tables and professor standing in front of screen Image of new tables with two bigs screens mounted on the wall

Did you know?

The Center for Innovation is part of SOBA and is located in the Main Mall in downtown Durango. If you’ve never been, schedule a tour today to learn about its programs and how to use it as a resource.

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For any additional information, please contact Lexi Allmon, Assistant to the Dean
Email: ardiaz1@fortlewis.edu or Phone: 970-247-7582
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